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Production Supervisor

Benson Hill

Benson Hill

Product, People & HR, Operations
Devils Lake, ND, USA
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2023

Terms of Employment: Full Time

Overall Responsibility: Supervise production workers and lead milling operations in the assigned department.

Position Alternate Tasks:

  • Must be able to take on the roles of other supervisors or operators in the event of absences.
  • Must be able to fill in for production employees as necessary to maintain smooth operations

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Regulatory Compliance:

  • Ensure that plant operations are compliant with food safety regulations and occupational safety regulations (FDA, OSHA, EPA, etc.).
  • Work with the food safety team to carry out food safety risk assessments and corrective actions as appropriate to maintain safe and legal products.
  • Make sure that production employees under supervision adhere to company procedures and policies.

Production Operations:

  • Follow the orders of plant management to mill / process products according to the production schedule and to attain most profitable product yields.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Must communicate milling / processing issues or concerns to the manager in charge.
  • Perform processing control checks according to procedures and specification requirements.
  • Verify the function of processing equipment according to the food safety program (i.e., foreign material control devices, etc.).
  • Perform preoperative / post sanitation inspections to ensure that equipment is intact and is free from build-up or other contaminants.
  • Maintain sufficient documentation in support of the food safety program.

Maintenance of Processing Equipment:

  • Work with the maintenance department to sustain integrity and proper function of processing equipment and components.
  • Work with the food safety team to regularly inspect and maintain control of necessary wood, glass, brittle plastics, ceramics, and sharp metals.
  • Inspect / replace sieve screens and equipment components as defined by the food safety program.
  • Perform preoperative / post sanitation inspections to ensure that equipment is intact, free from build-up or other contaminants.
  • Oversee the boiler inspection / boiler water testing process and maintain inventory of boiler chemicals (as applicable).

Management of Production Employees:

  • Work with management as necessary to maintain safe and efficient plant operations.
  • Make sure that production employees working directly under the supervisors’ authority are well informed of information needed to carry out their tasks appropriately.
  • Verify the accuracy of assigned tasks and documentation completed by employees under direct supervision.
  • Encourage teamwork and a positive work environment for all production employees under the supervisors’ jurisdiction.
  • Privately address employee behavior issues in a tactful manner. Repeat offenses must be brought to the attention of the plant manager and president. A determination must be made regarding the fate of the employees’ job status.

Customer Compliance:

  • Work with the complaint team to resolve customer complaints in a timely manner.
  • Participate in sample match up exercises to determine whether a proposed specification can be met.


  • Knowledge of processing / milling equipment operations
  • Ability to delegate tasks appropriately
  • Consistent supervision of personnel
  • Ability to communicate effectively with management and production workers
  • Promote employee teamwork and productivity within the areas of supervision

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 100 lbs.